Peyton + TJ Engaged at La Jolla Cove


Where do I begin?! TJ and Peyton live in Tennessee. They had planned a big trip to the coast of California to start off their summer. Little did Peyton know, TJ had planned to ask her to be his forever while they were in San Diego. The cutest part? She planned the whole evening. She mentioned this beautiful beach in La Jolla and thought it would be fun to go walk around, enjoy the sights and maybe take a few photos while they were there, then head to dinner together. TJ went along with it, knowing it would be the perfect opportunity to ask Peyton to marry him.

He found me on How He Asked, because I had photographed another lovely proposal here a couple of years ago, and he sent me an email explaining his plan. I was so excited, we got on Skype and Google Earth, and I started showing him around via the internet. Gotta love modern day technology! We picked out a few awesome spots and planned on deciding the day of, which one of them felt right.

When he got to the beach, TJ had a stranger on the beach take a photo of Peyton and him. He told her that he was going to post it on Instagram, but instead sent it over to me, so I could meet him there for the perfect moment! I have to admit I always feel like a stalker when I shoot proposals, but thanks to my amazing assistant Kia who came along and kept me company, I got to stroll along the beach and use her as a model while we waited. Thank you, Kia!

When TJ finally got to the spot he picked out, he led Peyton down the rocks in her high heels, and the sun came out just for them.



“At this very moment, I remember seeing the sun completely shining, and there wasn’t a cloud left in the sky. It turned out to be the most gorgeous day of our entire vacation.”


Once we made it back up to the boardwalk, we began walking back the way we came, and saw this huge rocky cliff about 20 feet up, overlooking the ocean. So, the little kids in us wanted to explore the cliff and look out over the edge. Keep in mind, we had to actually climb through a fence to get to the cliff, and I had on 4-inch heels. But, my sweet gentleman helped me the whole way. : ) Once out on the cliff with many other people, we were overlooking the ocean on the left side. Then, we saw a couple (who was sitting out on the center tip of the cliff that offered the best view I had ever seen) get up to leave. So, TJ said, “Oh let’s go over there and check it out!” Once we got over there, we noticed that the cliff pretty much cleared off and we were a couple of the only people still there. TJ complimented my new outfit that my mom had gotten me for our “Beach White Night” that we enjoy having for some of our vacations. Then, he mentioned, “Guess what … I brought something else out here for you to wear.” Even at this time, I was still oblivious to what was about to happen. I casually said, “Oh really? What is it?” Then, Teej turned me toward him and had to biggest grin on his face, and instantly, I knew. I screamed, “WAIT, what?!” At that moment, the absolute love of my life got down on one knee and said the most precious words every girl dreams of hearing.”


“I absolutely lost it – my hands covering my face, tears instantly shedding, my entire body shaking, and the biggest smile I’ve ever had (on my face & on my heart). Then I hear the man of my dreams say, “Peyton Allison Rohde, will you marry me?” I reached down to kiss him, gave him the biggest hug, and I couldn’t say ‘YES!!!’ fast enough.”


“I was so excited that I forgot to even look at the ring before saying yes. After TJ stood up, he put the absolute most GORGEOUS ring on my finger. I’d never seen a diamond sparkle so much in my life.”


“Then, Teej pulls me in to hug me and says, “Look up there (pointing at the boardwalk) … That’s our photographer who just captured our entire proposal, and now, I’ve scheduled our first engagement session with her, here at La Jolla, as the sun is setting.” (My heart bursted even more.) That’s when I saw Jenna and her second shooter for the first time, and they were AMAZING!”


I love the photo above on the left that my assistant Kia took while I took the one on the right. It’s so beautiful, and I’m so proud!!



Look at that seriously cute dress Peyton wore! TJ coordinated with her mom, who bought it for her, knowing what was going to happen when she wore it. Go TJ!


“Jenna began shooting the most beautiful engagement photos I’ve ever seen. (I may be biased, but it’s her work that makes them so incredible!) She was so fun and easy to work with and made both of us feel so special. She kept the focus on our love for each other and the romance that was so alive that evening. As our shoot was ending, the sun was setting and I got to watch the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen in my entire life with my FIANCÉ. Sweet Jenna even stayed a whole extra hour to capture photos of us with the sun going down into the sea – amazing! That day was truly the best day of my life, the most magical day I could have ever dreamed of, and a day that I will cherish forever.”


“I couldn’t have asked for God to bless me with better relationship, that led us to this point. I couldn’t ask for a better man to spend the rest of my life with. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect proposal (that was caught on camera). I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for our first engagement session.

November 23, 2012 was a very special day in both of our lives, for that’s when it all began. However, May 24, 2015 was a day that officially set us on our very own journey as Mr. & (soon to be) Mrs. Baxter – this journey is known as “forever”.

TJ and Peyton, the night of your proposal was a blast, and I’m so thankful to have been there! Thank you for making my night by allowing me to capture such an amazing moment in your lives and for being so fun to work with. You two are perfect for each other, and I wish you a life of happiness and love!

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